Good ground clearly suit LORD GRANTHAM as he left previous form over hurdles behind when scoring on a quicker surface at Huntingdon last week. He is capable of further improvement and can defy his penalty in this though the going will also suit December's Musselburgh winner Parc des Princes. Like the selection, the latter is trying a new trip however. Simonside has a decent chance at the weights and Sixty Something shouldn't be ruled out, despite conceding weight all round, while Abbey Storm has to go on the short-list in his first handicap. Ludlow winner Faultless Feelings, Dawn Twister and Talkin Sence are others to consider in an open-looking heat.
Sixty Something (FR) 6-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, kept on from last, took 4th place close home, 4th of 9, 9l behind Seymour Eric (9-11) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Trackmate 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 27l behind Karinga Dancer (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Crowning Jewel 8-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 20l behind Yesyoucan (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Simonside 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 3rd, several slow jumps after, lost touch 11th, mistake 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Shangani (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Abbey Storm (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd from 3rd, ridden after 2 out, never quite able to challenge winnner, no impression close home, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Imperial Vic (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Faultless Feelings (IRE) 5-6fav (11-1) Took keen hold, made all, pressed 3 out, driven and asserted final 150 yards, won at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb beating Deciding Moment (11-4) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Dawn Twister (GER) 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, challenged when not much room run-in, soon switched left, one pace, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Talkin Sence (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Swatow Typhoon (11-4) at Ayr 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Lord Grantham (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 6th, led next, mistake 2 out, clear flat, comfortably, won at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Mrs Peachey (11-2) by 6l, 16 ran.
American Life (FR) 12-1 (10-4) Towards rear, driven 8th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Tullyraine (11-2) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.
Parc Des Princes (USA) 9-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 14th of 19, 37l behind Harvey's Hope (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jan.
Solway Sam 14-1 (10-6) With leader, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 16, 16l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.